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Informer: The virus hasn't taken a vacation

The school holidays might be over, but the novel coronavirus hasn't taken a holiday. Picture: Shutterstock
The school holidays might be over, but the novel coronavirus hasn't taken a holiday. Picture: Shutterstock

This weekend has highlighted the pandemic hasn't gone anywhere just yet.

We've lived with relatively-expansive freedom in Australia for some time now.

Yet, it seems every time we reach a milestone marking the virus's apparent absence from our communities, there will be a subtle sign of presence which shakes any sense of complacency.

It coincided with 14 days passing since there was any community transmission in Australia.

A feat that was last achieved on February 29, 2020.

A new case has also been detected in West Australia which has resulted in a five-day hard lockdown in Perth.

While the virus was largely suppressed in Australia with movement and travel being brought to halt, governments have recently told us we could, and should, get moving again.

The New Zealand-Australia travel bubble has been reinflated after health authorities on both sides of the Tasman were satisfied a highly infectious variant of COVID-19 was contained to three people.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been spruiking her state as its hard borders come down.

She said strong bookings were expected for Easter and the school holidays from NSW with the Greater Sydney hotspot ending on Monday.

"With Queensland open to all Australians again the focus is on getting people to explore and take a holiday in the Sunshine State," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said the campaign was about "capitalising on this pent-up demand by providing these people with all the content and inspiration they need to convert this desire and yearning for a holiday into actual bookings".

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